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Toy Story 4

Directed by Josh Cooley. With Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale. When a new toy called “Forky” joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy. Not the best Pixar film I’ve ever seen, but even Pixars worst is miles better than some other company’s best attempts at telling a great story. This is mostly a Woody story with the other characters stepping in from time to time, but if I had to guess, I think Tom Hanks had 10x the lines of anyone...

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Nightflyers

Nightflyers book. Read 336 reviews from the world’s largest community for readers. Nine misfit academics on an expedition to find the volcryn, a mythic r… I read just the Nightflyers novella, none of the other stories in this collection. It was ok, slightly different than the show and still ends on a cliffhanger of sorts. It was not satisfying for me to read and I really wish it was a full length story that had a better resolution for the aliens that were the whole point of the story. Buy On Amazon!

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Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

Directed by Hironobu Sakaguchi, Motonori Sakakibara. With Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Ming-Na Wen, Ving Rhames. A scientist makes a last stand on Earth with the help of a ragtag team of soldiers against an invasion of alien phantoms. Man i love this movie, it originally didn’t do very well in theaters, and might have been the cause of death for the studio that released it, but it really hit all my triggers for liking a film. Buy On Amazon!

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Letters from Iwo Jima

Directed by Clint Eastwood. With Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Ryo Kase. The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it. The opposing side of the battle briefly explored in “Flags of our Fathers”, but with Letters, more time is spent on the island itself, with explanations of what the Japanese were up to in the time leading up to the American invasion. They were both ok films, but Letters was my first experience with “Audio description” dubbing,...

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Flags of our Fathers

Directed by Clint Eastwood. With Ryan Phillippe, Barry Pepper, Joseph Cross, Jesse Bradford. The life stories of the six men who raised the flag at the Battle of Iwo Jima, a turning point in World War II. A sad story of sad things happening off on a sad little island. I was pretty confused by a couple odd scenes of older guys in hospitals and falling down stairs, it really seemed out of place with the rest of the film that was set in the tail end of WW2. Buy On Amazon!

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Nightflyers

Created by Jeff Buhler. With Eoin Macken, David Ajala, Jodie Turner-Smith, Angus Sampson. A crew of scientists embark on a mission aboard a ship called the Nightflyer to investigate a mysterious alien signal, but soon begin to question if there is already something on-board the Nightflyer with them. We only got one season of this show, and I guess I’m part of the problem. I watched the first episode and gave up on it until the season was well done and over with, then finally got around to it this last weekend. There’s fantastic special effects and one of the...

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Under the Silver Lake

Directed by David Robert Mitchell. With Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough, Topher Grace, Callie Hernandez. Sam, a disenchanted young man, finds a mysterious woman swimming in his apartment’s pool one night. The next morning, she disappears. Sam sets off across LA to find her, and along the way he uncovers a conspiracy far more bizarre. I expected more from David Robert Mitchell, but as weird as “It Follows” was, I guess “Under The Silver Lake” fits right in with his style of movies. Buy On Amazon!

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Fighting with My Family (2019) – IMDb

Directed by Stephen Merchant. With Dwayne Johnson, Lena Headey, Vince Vaughn, Florence Pugh. A former wrestler and his family make a living performing at small venues around the country while his kids dream of joining World Wrestling Entertainment. Florence Pugh was amazing (she’s going to be in the Black Widow movies!) and I had no clue that Lena Headey was going to be here at all, so that was a fun surprise. Buy On Amazon!

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The Silence

Directed by John R. Leonetti. With Stanley Tucci, Kiernan Shipka, Miranda Otto, Kate Trotter. When the world is under attack from terrifying creatures who hunt their human prey by sound, 16-year old Ally Andrews (Kiernan Shipka), who lost her hearing at 13, and her family seek refuge in a remote haven. In some ways, this is the superior version of the two movies involving creatures that you can’t make noise around. There’s a reason this thing wasn’t released in theaters though. Buy On Amazon!

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Swiss Family Robinson

Directed by Ken Annakin. With John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, James MacArthur, Janet Munro. A Swiss family must survive being shipwrecked on a deserted island. A fun movie that I had the opportunity to be reminded of due to a LEGO Ideas set that’s due to be released. The movie has some problematic portions, but being a product of it’s times, it’s easily explainable. Buy On Amazon!